Philippine Senator Alan Peter Cayetano


President signs Cayetano’s appointment papers before leaving for Cambodia


MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte has named Senator Alan Peter Cayetano as the new foreign affairs secretary.

Cayetano was Duterte’s vice presidential runningmate in last year’s elections.

Duterte told reporters he signed Cayetano’s appointment papers before leaving the presidential palace for the airport. Duterte left yesterday for a six-day visit to Cambodia, Hong Kong and China.

His appointment came just after Cayetano reported to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva about the human rights situation in the Philippines under the Duterte administration where he also defended the government’s war on drugs.

With Cayetano joining the Duterte Cabinet, there will be a vacancy in the 24-member Senate which will be occupied by whoever will be elected in a special poll as provided by Republic Act (RA) 6645.

RA 6645 states that the the Senate or House of Representatives must issue a resolution on the vacancy and call for a special election. When the resolution is passed, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) will conduct a special election to fill the vacancy. GAC/Expat Media


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